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Roberson Mansion

Binghamton, New York
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

With its beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows, the Roberson Mansion in New York’s Southern Tier has more than breathtaking architecture and a great sense of history. It seems to have ghosts.
Built in 1904, the Roberson Mansion in Binghamton, New York was constructed for Alonzo Roberson, Jr. and his family.

The site originally opened to the public in 1954. Since then, visitors to the Mansion have reported the sensation that they are not alone or that they are being watched. Strange noises and cold spots are reported as well as mysterious footsteps where no living person is seen walking. Doors reportedly slam when people are being too nosy, so stick with your tour guide! Perhaps most interestingly, some visitors have reportedly met Alonzo Jr. himself in the elevator.

Active in the community and a gifted businessman, Alonzo Jr. and Margaret were glad to give back to the local folks and organizations that supported their vision. When Alonzo Jr. died in 1934, in his will he left the mansion to the community for educational purposes (although it seems he didn’t specify exactly in what form that education might be). His wife died 20 years later in another of their Binghamton-area homes.

There seems nothing to be frightened of in the Roberson Mansion. People believe the ghostly presences they sense in Roberson Mansion are none other than Alonzo and his wife, Margaret, reliving a loving and beautiful time from the lives they shared together. Or perhaps this is part of the education that Alonzo wished for—giving visitors hope that there is an existence beyond simple death…
The Mansion is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday except on major holidays and the first two weeks of January.

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ashley wheeler says:

October 20, 2005, 5:21 pm

im all into the ghost and everything.. i have always wanted to stay somewhere or go somewhere where there is activity
i might have to make a trip up and see what happens .thanks for your time

marcus says:

December 20, 2005, 9:42 am

Holy **** i was there in that mansion on sunday

BAM says:

February 1, 2006, 1:55 pm

I live about four or five minutes down from the mansion…it’s extremely creepy if you look at it from the outside…of course most haunted places do…lol..anyways, that’s freaky

HOOD STAR says:

February 12, 2006, 1:28 pm

YOU GUYS SOUND RETARTED YOU WERE NOT THERE SUNDAY YOU
WAS AT YO MAMAS HOUSE

jessica says:

February 22, 2006, 8:22 pm

i am definatly up for starting a local ghoast hunting club.a group of about maybe 5 or 6 people take pictures at cemetaries and historic location in this area.i never believed in ghoast until i live in a house on davis street.we lived there for 5 yrs and didn’t realized it was haunted until that 5th year.we didn’t believe in ghoast or any paronormal stuff,so the things we saw were mistakened as a trick of mind.i saw a blurry outline of a young girl,and shadows of people gliding across my bed room at night.it was really shocking,but i just thought i was going crazy,so i never told in my family about it.i finally mentioned it to my mother a whole two yrs after we had moved from the location in 1997.my mom who definatly without queastion does not believe in ghost said,”Oh you seen stuff there too,i was shore i was just going crazy then.”when she said that i was changed emotionally,and now am a firm believering in spirits,not demons or a devil.just lost people like us.my mother however still get mad when i mention anything about ghoast existing.she told me she rather just forget the whole thing ever happen.i gues she’s just still really creeped out about it.i go past that house alot still.someone lives there now,and i been wanting to ask them is they ever seen anything unexplainable in the home,but i just don’t know how to confront them.they may become uset with me if they don’t go for that ****,and just think i’m crazy,or just maybe they have noticed strange things.that way they might find some closure by the fact that someone who used to live there seen the same things,and there not losing their minds.my name is jessica,i’m 22yr and i live here in binghamton.if your interested,open-minded,and want to find out more explore this amazing still so unknown part of life with me,that is so misunderstood:please e-mail me at SHANZEEEEE@excite.com

Jess M. says:

February 22, 2006, 8:36 pm

i am definatly up for starting a local ghoast hunting club.a group of about maybe 5 or 6 people take pictures at cemetaries and historic location in this area.i never believed in ghoast until i lived in a house on davis street.we lived there for 5 yrs and didn’t realized it was haunted until that 5th year.we didn’t believe in ghoast or any paronormal stuff,so the things we saw were mistakened as a trick of mind.i saw a blurry outline of a young girl,and shadows of people gliding across my bedroom at night.it was really shocking,but i just thought i was going crazy,so i never told anyone in my family about it.i finally mentioned it to my mother a whole two yrs after we had moved from the location in 1997.my mom who definatly without queastion does not believe in ghost said,”Oh you seen stuff there too,i was sure i was just going crazy then.”when she said that i was changed emotionally,and now I’m a firm believer in spirits,not demons or a devil.just lost people like us.my mother however still gets mad when i mention anything about ghoast existing.she told me she rather just forget the whole thing ever happen.i gues she’s just still really creeped out about it.i go past that house alot still.someone lives there now,and i been wanting to ask them is they ever seen anything unexplainable in the home,but i just don’t know how to confront them.they may become upset with me if they don’t go for that stuff,and just think i’m crazy,or just maybe they have noticed strange things happening around there.that way they might find some closure by the fact that someone who used to live there seen the same things,and they’re not losing their minds.my name is jessica,i’m 22yr and i live here in binghamton.if your interested,open-minded,and want to explore this amazing still so unknown part of life with me,that is so misunderstood:please e-mail me at SHANZEEEEE@excite.com

Ashley Romero says:

April 7, 2006, 3:00 pm

I think thats creepy and i’ve seen some in Mexico too

Cheryl says:

April 12, 2006, 2:02 am

I know whenever I went to the Mansion I would get creeped out really bad.

bobbi says:

May 10, 2006, 11:45 am

i saw it too really scary….that was the ghost that gave my son head….lots of pleasure.

bobbi says:

May 10, 2006, 11:46 am

yep that was deff a classy remark, mhmmm slob on my knob

cynthia says:

August 16, 2006, 8:42 am

I can tell you that since I’m little,I’ve seen so many weird things!And I’ve always lovedthat kind of stories.Once there was a man who told me that my mind was like a portal cause I’ve suffered too much in my life and that spirits were attracted to me!Scarry!

Lacey says:

September 23, 2006, 8:45 pm

this is the closest haunted house to me im really scared ill never go to rochester again!!!!

Della Curcio says:

October 9, 2006, 8:04 am

Hi I am a Binghamton Resident and I have visited the Roberson Mansion many occasions and alot of times I would be in certain sections of the Mansion on my own. Let me put it this way you do not feel alone and you feel like someone is there with you or watching you and I have had those experiences plenty of times. If anyone visits Binghamton take a quick trip to the Roberson Musium you will never know what to expect, plus it is a beautiful home to explore all year round!

selene says:

October 26, 2006, 9:31 am

Well i don’t think that’s scary enough. I don’t believe that this house is haunted. Maybe some people spread these rumors to attract people. In my opinion, if someone doesn’t see something with his own eyes,he shouldn’t believe it!

anonomous says:

December 7, 2006, 1:34 am

My daughter and I were in the Roberson Mansion about 10 years ago. At that time I had not heard that it was haunted. We stepped out of the elevator and as I walked through the door of the Ball Room, I got a chill as if I was standing in front of a refrigerator and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. My daughter was ahead of me and turned around at the same time to ask me if I had felt that. She also felt the “CHILL”. We never heard or saw anything, but then we broke a speed record getting out of there. The lady at the desk ask if something was wrong as we flew past her, but we didn’t stop to tell her what had happened. I later met her and told her what had happened and she laughed and said I thought that was what was going on, concidering the paleness of both your faces. I have not been back since.

V.Adams says:

March 2, 2007, 3:46 pm

I believe the place may be haunted. I have been there many times as a kid and as an adult and it’s always had a “someone is watching you” vibe.

Like someone who posted above I had felt the cold spot thing too. Very weird!

Robert Hodge. says:

March 28, 2007, 1:24 pm

If anyone ever did the history of the Roberson center ,you would find that this piece of history shows that and I quote “Alonzo Jr. died in 1934, and Margaret continued to live in the Front Street home until she passed away in 1954. In Alonzo’s will, he stated that after Margaret passed away, the mansion would be left to the community as an educational center. Alonzo didn’t specify the type by name, but that’s part of what evolved in coming years.” So with in mind I am more than sure that the Roberson center in which I’ve have visited several times in my life because i have grown up here and have all of my children and family join me for the christmas forest as well as the ambience (not haunting)That the Robersons family wanted to have and I am more than sure that Alonzo Jr. and his wife, Margaret Hays-Roberson are present within the home as i know the feeling and experienced sense of being watched as they are watching with joy as the are truly good souls and in there life on earth as we know it by the cherishble acts they did in life (Like his father, Alonzo Jr. was an astute businessman and very active in the community, well beyond business interests. Eve Daniels, curator for the Roberson Center, said Alonzo and Margaret were generous with the organizations they believed in, but didn’t seek publicity. They were not a flamboyant couple, compared to nearby neighbors the Kilmers. )So with that being said yes your in the presents of 2 of Binghamtons most loving souls. So drop buy The Robersons home and feel welcomed not scare as this is exactly what the dreamed of and are smiling in joy at there visitores and remeber to repect there home as you would have your home respected because they watchin and in joy.Just have a seat in small study off the ballroom opposite the beautiful staircase and empty your mind and think back in history to there time and you will experience life with the Robersons.Remember to enjoy the history that you are in direct link of, dont be afraid be ENCHANTED ! Bye for Now

valerie says:

June 15, 2007, 11:34 am

I haves see ghost for my house is haunted. I haves a little girl and a older man he was standing in my room by my door. I got really scared at first but know i am ok. I am have seeing a lot of ghost.

valerie says:

June 15, 2007, 11:37 am

I have seen a omish man in my room.

keyne says:

May 4, 2008, 8:39 pm

I’ve lived in Binghamton for 17 years (SouthSide yea yea ^.~) anyways… i practically grew up in Roberson (the observatory is awesome!) I even did Irish dancing there for a few fundraisers. On many occasions i’ve felt cold spots, but it’s a really old mansion so that’s not too scary (it’s rather normal) One thing that had happened to me was when I was there with my boyfriend; we were poking around in the dinning room when i heard a clap. (i was in the doorway facing into the room) to the right are two doors (one in each corner) the door furthest away was where i we heard the noise. Joshua (my bf) wanted to leave but i checked it out. The door had no handle, just a hole and keyhole. I tugged on the door and it started to open; it opened about 6 inches and then slammed shut, cutting my finger. Joshua ran over to see what happened and i told him to open the door. He opened it no problem and all that was in there was a broken chandelier on the tile(bathroom tile?) floor. Two seconds later we heard footsteps behind us. We both whipped around thinking we were going to get in trouble but nothing was there. (>.<) it was creepy but i didn’t really get that ooooo evil ghost vibe; it felt more like someone was about to scold me (an “i’m in trouble” feeling) i know it’s not THAT spooky but it’s true (^.^) keyniebean99@aol.com

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